Two Spinoza Biographies
(Jonathan Israel) The Low Countries - 2000, № 8, pp. 293-296
It is arguable that Spinoza, second only to Rembrandt, is today the most famous of all Dutchmen. It is therefore a thoroughly welcome event, as well as a remarkable coincidence, that after many years in which the reading public has lacked an up-to-date general account of Spinoza's life and thought, two admirably readable, indeed in their different ways fascinating, full-length biographies of Spinozashould appear almost simultaneously and, moreover, soon after the publication of the generally excellent Cambridge Companion to Spinoza edited by Don Garrett and published in 1996. Suddenly, Spinoza is beginning to receive the mainstream coverage he so amply deserves. Steven Nadler, Spinoza. A Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1999 and Margaret Gullan-Whur, Within Reason. A Life of Spinoza. New York, NY: Saint Martin's Press, 1998
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